Soccer Frequently Asked Questions

FHSAA Officials Online Evaluation Program

In an effort to discover excellence, stimulate improvement, give officials accurate data for reflection and ascertain weaknesses; the FHSAA has created its first online officials evaluation program.  Please take the time after each of your varsity contest to fill out the evaluation survey.  If there’s room for improvement for the crew, we request that you state the situation(s).  The FHSAA aims to use this program to not only give measures to our officials for improvement, but to inform our officials when they are doing a great job.  If the tool is successful, the FHSAA plans to use it as an additional tool for future post season assignments.  Please CLICK HERE for the evaluation link.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Shanell Young at syoung [at] fhsaa [dot] org.

2016-17 NFHS rules changes, editorial changes and points of emphasis: click here (PDF)

2016-17 NFHS rules changes: click here (PPT)

2016-17 NFHS soccer rules interpretations: click here (PDF)

2016-17 NFHS soccer rules press release: click here (PDF)

2016-17 NFHS Rules Committee Meeting - Minutes: click here (PDF)

2016-17 FHSAA Officials Conference - soccer session: click here (PPTX)

2016-17 NFHS - NISOA soccer rules changes video: watch here

What is the official ball?
The Wilson NCAA Forte™ Fybrid™ II shall be the official soccer ball of the FHSAA Soccer State Series. The use of one of this ball shall be mandatory in each FHSAA district, regional, state semifinal and finals game. The host school shall ensure the use of the official Wilson ball. The purchase of the Wilson soccer balls, if necessary, will be considered an expense of the district tournament or regional game and reported as such on the financial report form. Wilson and the FHSAA will provide the soccer balls to be used in competition at the FHSAA State Championship Tournament.  Failure to comply shall subject the host school to penalties including, but not limited to, financial penalties and revocation of state series event hosting privileges in the respective sport.

What type of shinguards are my athletes required to have?
The shinguards must have the NOCSAE symbol stamped on the shinguard.

What are the uniform requirements?
Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, home uniforms must be completely white (with the exception of the number, school name, athlete name, etc.). The home uniform cannot have piping or stripes. The home socks must be completely white. A manufacturers logo cannot exceed 2 ¼ inch. Away uniforms must be dark (jersey and socks). The shorts for either home or away uniforms can be any color.

Legal and illegal uniform: click here

What is the policy regarding two yellow cards?
Two yellow cards equal one blue card.

What is a blue card?
If an athlete receives a blue card, the athlete is ejected from the game and cannot be replaced (the team will play short an athlete for the remainder of the game). That athlete is only ejected for the rest of the game with no additional penalty for future games.

What situations necessitate the issuance of a blue card?
Blue cards are issued when the following situations have occurred:

  • When an athlete receives two cautions (two yellow cards) during the duration of a game.
  • When an athlete commits a non-violent foul attempting to deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.
  • When an athlete commits a deliberate hand ball foul to deny a goal scoring opportunity.

What is the policy regarding red cards?
If an athlete receives a red card, the athlete is ejected from the game and cannot be replaced (the team will play short an athlete for the remainder of the game). The athlete is ejected for the rest of the game, and will be suspended for a minimum of two games or more depending on the severity of the offense.

What situations necessitate the issuance of a red card?
Red cards are issued when the following situations have occurred:

  • Violent Conduct.
  • Taunting – use of words or act to incite or degrade an athlete, coach, referee or other individuals.
  • Any play in which an athlete commits a foul and uses disproportionate and unnecessary force against an opponent.
  • Spitting at an opponent, teammate, or game official.
  • Using insulting, offensive, or abusive language or gesture.
  • Leaving the team area to enter the field where a fight or altercation is taking place, unless summoned by a game official.

Where can I find a list of the district tournament sites?
For girls, the list can be found here: http://www.fhsaa.org/sports/soccer-girls/district-sites
For boys, the list can be found here: http://www.fhsaa.org/sports/soccer-boys/district-sites

Where can I find which classification and district my school is in?
For girls, the list can be found here: http://www.fhsaa.org/sports/soccer-girls/assignments
For boys, the list can be found here: http://www.fhsaa.org/sports/soccer-boys/assignments